Projects at Work
  • Budget

    Hidden Costs of Change

    - by Bart Gerardi (July 9, 2014)

    Changes, even when they are for the better of your project, come at a price. But it can be difficult to measure the true cost. Let’s look at five types of hidden costs that change can bring to a project, from the schedule to team performance, and what we as project managers can do about them.

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  • Planning

    Scheduling Uncertainty

    - by Dan Patterson (June 25, 2014)

    You can't build realistic forecasts without taking into account potential risks. So when it comes to creating project schedules, why is risk so often addressed as a separate exercise? To properly accommodate for uncertainty we need to embed and intertwine these processes within our tools. We need risk-adjusted scheduling.

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  • Requirements

    Groom With A View

    - by Bart Gerardi (June 4, 2014)

    The process of refining requirements to the point that they are ready to be worked upon is known as ‘backlog grooming.’ But this task accomplishes more than clarifying requirements; it informs stakeholders, contributes to the project plan, and reinforces Agile principles in general. Here’s guidance on how and when it should be done.

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Innovation

Don’t Fear the Blank Canvas

- by Adriana Beal (July 23, 2014)

A project begins with untested assumptions, competing options, diverging opinions about product scope and so on. Creating visual models that show the “why, who, how and what” of the problem being addresses can facilitate the process of getting to better solutions faster — even without sufficient knowledge to get them right the first time around.

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Communication

It’s Time to Talk

- by ProjectsatWork.com (July 23, 2014)

Digital distractions don’t just make it hard to focus on work; they make it hard to focus on people, too. As a result, we often miss out on opportunities to discover new ideas and forge deeper understanding. Here, communication expert and author Geoffrey Tumlin shares six ways to encourage more productive conversations.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, BigVisible Solutions
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for BigVisible where he…

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Bart Gerardi

Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…

Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC
Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

Janis Rizzuto

Contributing Editor, ProjectsAtWork
Janis has been writing for ProjectsAtWork for more than a decade, starti…

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
Aaron has been the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its evol…

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